I generally work with Cubase with my Montage but was recently given NI Maschine from a friend and discovered an interesting way to record.
Using Maschine standalone, some sequencer tracks use samples/VST's while other tracks are MIDI tracks sequencing the Montage.
Running everything through Montage's internal master fx creates a nice & flexible mastering chain. I can use a sidechain compressor on the Virus coming in through the A/D input as well entire mix - all keyed by the Montage bass drum on Part 1:
On one hand, recording with Montage's internal WAV recorder adds an extra step at the end because you have to take out the USB stick and put it in the PC (no big deal); on the other hand, there's no fiddling with DAW routing - and you can avoid PC recording glitches while reducing CPU load.
Note: I'm not using the Virus TI over USB so I don't have to deal with USB timing problems and latency compensation. The main benefit is that I can use Montage's internal FX via the A/D input.